Windows 10 has been offered as a limited time free upgrade since its launch in July, but it isn't doing much to move Windows 7 users over to the new operating system, according to a report by analytics company Net Applications.
The report states Windows 7 usage was about 61% in July, dipping only to 57.7% in August (September saw 56.5%, October 55.7%, and November 56.1%). Suddenly Microsoft's aggressive approach makes more sense.
Microsoft pulled the Windows 10 November update downloads over the weekend. Asked whether or not this was due to reported technical issues, a company spokesperson told us, "We look into any issues our customers report and appreciate their feedback. We don't have any further information to share today."
Despite then declaring no more manual downloads the new policy, they have now been restored, so if you want to upgrade cleanly or manually as opposed to through Windows Update, you can.
While Sony had already warned users about waiting to upgrade to Windows 10 due to possible issues, it has now officially announced the upgrade limitations over its complete lineup.
With VAIO desktops and laptops being largely crossed off the upgrade list, Sony reportedly tested its products that were released in 2011 and beyond. While many of the tests have just been preliminary 'upgrade and click around' tests, Sony has begun further testing with many of its product range, while trying to pinpoint and fix exact issues with all of its latest products.
Issues with Windows 10 on Sony VAIO systems range from Blue Screen of Death errors due to switchable internal video cards, AMD video carded systems having limited camera support and the non-complete functionality of many Sony exclusive apps.
Microsoft has pulled downloads for version 1511 of Windows 10, the major release launched last week. As of yesterday, the downloads will only give you build 10240, and you can only upgrade through Windows Update, meaning you're (almost) out of luck if you want a clean install or to specifically upgrade with the ISO for some reason. You can use this semi-secret link, but it may well be pulled soon.
The company confirmed to ZDNet and us that this is very much intentional and they want the update available through Windows Update only, although they don't specify why. There are user reports that claim tech support has told them the ISO downloads have caused issues, and this official Microsoft documentation might indicate the cause, so that's a possibility. When asked for comment on this, a Microsoft spokesperson told us, "We look into any issues our customers report and appreciate their feedback. We don't have any further information to share today."
Did you know that Windows 3.1 is now 23 years old and still used as a major kingpin in some global infrastructures?
ZDNet reported that November the 7th was a particularly harsh day for Paris' Orly airport. A system running Windows 3.1 called 'DECOR', something that controls a link between air traffic control and the French weather bureau, crashed and suspended all operations.
There has been a promise to upgrade France's airport infrastructure by 2017 announced by the French transport minister, however, air traffic controller union executive Alexandre Fiacre thinks that it will take four or more years after this set date for things to be fully operational.
The Windows 10 November update rolled out yesterday, but not for everyone. Adding to the confusion, some sites reported the reason for the delay might be upgrading to Windows 10 within the past month, to which many users responded this wasn't the case for them, yet they still weren't seeing the update.
We reached out to Microsoft for comment, and a spokesperson informed us it will simply take time.
The November update for Windows 10 is here, marking the first major public update for the operating system.
Performance is said to be better in general, and boot time is specifically named as being 30% faster than Windows 7. Cortana now supports writing with pens on the Surface and such, now sends you event reminders and can help you get where you need to go with Uber (as we saw with previous Insider builds), and becomes available in Japan, Australia, Canada, and India (English).
In a just year's time, Windows 10 will completely phase out its beloved predecessor Windows 7 on all new PC's. Now we know exactly how Microsoft will get its wish of one billion Windows 10 users--simply not giving new PC buyers a choice.
The Redmond-based tech giant today revealed the revised lifecycle for existing Windows operating systems, confirming that as of October 31, 2016 all new retail PC's will only ship with Windows 10. Microsoft has mandated that OEM's like Dell and HP will no longer be able to ship laptops, all-in-ones, desktops or hybrid systems with Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 preinstalled after the cut-off date.
This timeline is notably more aggressive and accelerated than Microsoft's usual lifecycle amendments. Microsoft typically announces these changes a full two years after a new OS rolls out, but given the company's assertive evangelical stance on Windows 10 it's no surprise things are speeding up.
Last week we reported Android was going to consume Chrome OS once the two operating systems merged. Google has clarified this is not true, and that Chrome OS isn't actually going anywhere.
"While we've been working on ways to bring together the best of both operating systems," they write in a blog post, "there's no plan to phase out Chrome OS."
Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10576 is out in the wild, and with it comes a fairly exciting feature, if you have the device(s) to support it: media casting.
Via Edge, you can send videos, pictures, and audio to any Miracast and DLNA enabled device in your home. This includes support for YouTube videos, Facebook photos, and Pandora songs, but in theory you may be able to cast just about anything. Sadly, protected content is not supported, so you can't cast Netflix, Hulu, etc. -- one of the key reasons to cast in the first place.
Other changes in this build include Xbox beta app voiceover recording and search and purchase functionality, a fix for the Xbox beta RAM usage issue which popped up under specific circumstances, and Hyper-V performance improvements.